Uganda Travel Advice and Travel Advisories

Uganda Travel Vaccines and Advice

While traveling to Uganda, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.

Uganda, or “The Pearl of Africa” is a dream destination for many. This destination is characterized by the splendour of its landscapes and by its incredible fauna and flora. Uganda is also rich in history, and a visit to the country equates to a discovery of kings’ tombs, the Uganda Museum and a number of craft markets. You will also be able to catch a glimpse of the Namugongas Martyrs Sanctuary. If you are looking to rest after this long journey, you should ensure to relax on the beaches of Bugada Island. In addition to swimming and relaxation, be aware that it is possible to go fishing and practice various water sports. The land is perfect for bird watching, and nature lovers will be enticed by the savannah of Queen Elizabeth National park, with plenty of buffaloes and elephants.

While traveling to Uganda, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.
Beautiful mountains in Uganda

Recommended travel vaccinations for Uganda

VaccineDisease Transmission
Traveler’s diarrheaContaminated water/food
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis BContaminated body fluids
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
RabiesInfected Animals
Yellow FeverMosquito bites
MeningitisAirborne Droplets

Recommended Medication for Travelling to Uganda

MedicationAdditional Information
Acetazolamide or DexamethasoneRecommended for prevention of acute mountain sickness
Azithromycin or SupraxAntibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea
Malarone, Doxycycline or MefloquineRecommended anti-malaria medication

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Medical Care in Uganda

Before travelling to Uganda, ensure to update all necessary vaccinations. Medical care proves limited in Uganda, particularly in areas outside the centre of Kampala. When accessed, the quality of health care is not satisfactory, and even less for emergency treatments. For this reason, you should strongly consider evacuation to another country in the event of a serious illness or accident. Remain aware that you will have to pay the fees for this service. Mulago hospital is the largest health institution in the country, offering over 1500 beds to patients.

Pharmacies are difficult to source, and access to medication proves difficult. Ensure to pack a supply of medical supplies and prescription drugs before departing.

Dial 999 for emergency assistance.

Is Uganda Safe for Travel?

Safety and Security Descriptive
Crime Caution required; Risk of armed robbery during day time
Terrorism Risk present
Demonstrations Risk of violence
Road safety Caution required; High risk of fatal accidents
Public transportation Do not use intercity buses; Caution required
Area bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)/ Karamoja region AVOID ALL TRAVEL
Area bordering South Sudan AVOID NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL
Fraud Beware of ATM scams
Women’s safety Risk present
Game parks and reserves Always contact the Uganda Wildlife Authority before visiting any park or reserve
Health Zika virusPolioEbolaChikungunya,  Cholera warning
Risk level High degree of caution
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Do I Need a Visa to Visit Uganda?

Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.

Both, a visa and a passport are required to enter Uganda. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of departure.

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Embassy of Canada to Uganda information

When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:

  • A legal problem
  • A lost passport
  • The need to report a crime

It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.

Canadian Consulate to Uganda (KAMPALA)
Street Address:
Jubilee Insurance Centre,
14 Parliament Avenue, Kampala, Uganda

Tel.: 256 (414) 258-141 / 256 (414) 348-141 / 256 (312) 260-511
Fax: 256 (414) 349-484

Email: [email protected]

Canadian High Commission to Kenya (NAIROBI)
Street Address:
Limuru Road, Gigiri,
Nairobi, Kenya

Tel.: 254 (20) 366-3000
Fax: 254 (20) 366-3900

Email: [email protected]

Please note that this is the website for the Canadian High Commission in Kenya.

Click here to access the high commission’s website